Ithaca, N.Y. — At least 90 percent of NYSEG customers in the Ithaca area who lost power during the storm should have it restored by Friday morning, NYSEG said in a statement on Wednesday.

Work is expected to continue into Saturday in Lansing and Locke, the hardest hit areas, NYSEG said.

Overall, about 17,600 NYSEG customers in the Ithaca division — which includes Tompkins County and parts of Cortland, Cayuga, Seneca, Schuyler, Chemung and Tioga counties – lost power in the storm. That’s about 30 percent of all NYSEG customers in the region.

About 14,000 customers currently lack power in the area.

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“While we are working diligently in all areas that have outages, our top priority last night and this morning in the Ithaca area has been responding to downed-wires incidents to make the situations safe,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E, in a press release.

“Since daylight we have been gathering detailed damage information so we can develop a comprehensive plan to ensure that we restore power safely and as quickly as possible.”

NYSEG has found damage to its transmission system, “the backbone of the local electricity delivery system,” it said in the statement.

“The company took a close look at the transmission system from a helicopter early this morning and special equipment is en route to assist with repairs,” the release said.

Earlier: 11,000 in Tompkins County remain without power morning after storm

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.